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The Hawks and RPM

Bo Churney —  April 9, 2014

Last week, ESPN released a new stat called Real Plus-Minus (or RPM) as a new perspective into gauging the impact a player has on the court. For ESPN’s intoduction of the stat, click here.

In a nutshell, adjusted plus-minus stats work by taking your regular plus-minus figures and attempting to set a value to each player’s situation based on their teammates, their opponents, and even coaching. It then tries to put those numbers together and assign a “real plus-minus” as a figure of a player’s overall value. RPM is measured in net-point differential per 100 possessions. (100 possessions is about the length of your average game)

As with all stats, I don’t think you can just take one and use it to end an argument. With that said, RPM should provide an interesting new tool to look at when trying to confirm the impact of a certain player(s). Continue Reading…

After what has felt like an eternity, the Hawks appear to finally be returning to health. Hawks forward Paul Millsap will return to action tonight against the Warriors according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Before his injury Millsap was averaging 17 points and 8 rebounds a game with a PER of 19.8. Millsap had a True Shooting percentage of 54% and was a huge part of keeping the Hawks afloat when Horford went down for the season. Millsap stepped into his new role as the #1 scoring option and played at an all star level. This was recognized by coaches earning him a spot in this year’s all star game.

This is fantastic news for a Hawks team that has been suffering with injuries to their front court throughout February. Hawks forward Pero Antic returned to action the other night against the Blazers and now the Hawks, while not at full strength are a little better off than they were previously. While there is sadly no hope of getting centers Al Horford and Gustavo Ayon back, no longer should we have to see Elton Brand playing 40 minute nights. This will also take a little pressure off of 10 day contract signings like Mike Muscala who has been asked to do a lot more than usually expected of a 10 day contract signing due to these injuries

RECAP: Hawks 113, 76ers 103

Bo Churney —  November 16, 2013

FINAL

PHI(5-5) 103 – 113 (5-4)ATL

Key Performers:
J. Teague (ATL): 33 pts, 4 reb, 10 ast
E. Turner (PHI): 27 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast
[FULL BOX SCORE]

The Hawks were all over the place — but not in a bad way — before this game. We found out that Gustavo Ayon would be starting in place of Paul Millsap, which sent me into a, “WHAT’S WRONG WITH PAUL?!?” frenzy, but Coach Bud was just testing with lineups. And, of course, we found out that Lou Williams would be active for this game, which should have been the highlight of the day. However, Jeff Teague stole that spotlight with his play on the court.

“He got going a little bit, so we stuck with him,” said Coach Mike Budenholzer. “I think the message throughout preseason and training camp was that when he’s aggressive, usually something good is going to happen.”

Teague was extremely aggressive, getting to the line 13 times and sinking 12 of those opportunities. Teague is now fifth in the league in free throw attempts, and first and seventh in the league in assists per game and points per game. So far, he’s been the best point guard in the Eastern Conference.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al got the start at power forward tonight against the smaller Thaddeus Young, and he started out of the gate strong with eight of the team’s first 15 points. Coach Budenholzer said that it likely wasn’t because of Al’s PF positioning that helped this, but I think it could have contributed a bit. Also, I’m really close to starting an #AlHorfordTravelWatch, because his only two turnovers in this game, again, were travels. On the positive side, at least those are very correctable mistakes. 9/10

Jeff Teague: I already gushed enough about Jeff in the opening section, but here’s some more; he’s really found a groove at getting into the lane and being able to either take it to the basket or to find a teammate. Hopefully this type of aggression can continue. 10/10

Gustavo Ayon: He did well in his surprise start, which also happened to be his first playing time of the season. He had six points and four rebounds in 17 minutes, which he made the most of by getting five fouls in. I don’t know how often we should expect him to start, but I foresee a return to Horford/Millsap for the Knicks. 6/10

DeMarre Carroll: Forgotten in all the Jeff/Lou news was that DeMarre had a career night. He was 5-for-8 on three pointers, including one late in the fourth that gave Jeff Teague his 10th assist. His 21 points on the night were a career high. 9/10

Kyle Korver: The streak is 82 now, which Kyle decided to get out of the way in the first quarter. He didn’t have any steals in this game, but he did have a block, which actually brought down his average of two steals and/or blocks per game. 8/10 Continue Reading…

The Hawks have made what appears to be the final adjustments to their roster by cutting Royal Ivey and Eric Dawson. With these two cuts the Hawks roster has been trimmed down to 15. It’s possible the Hawks make one final cut before the season as Danny Ferry usually likes the flexibility of an extra roster space being available, but at the moment it looks like the 15 we see is what we’re going to get at the beginning of the season.

This final roster is a little questionable on the defensive end. While they have a few quality defenders in Horford and Carroll I think the defense will probably be average to above average for the season. This roster is going to be a lot better than last season on offense, less spacing issues, more incentive to move and keep the ball moving. Should be very fun to watch.

Current Roster:

Pero Antic F
Gustavo Ayon C
Elton Brand C/F
DeMarre Carroll F
Jared Cunningham G
Al Horford C/F
John Jenkins G
Kyle Korver G
Shelvin Mack G
Cartier Martin G
Paul Millsap F
Dennis Schröder G
Mike Scott F
Jeff Teague G
Louis Williams G

That is your 2013-2014 Atlanta Hawks!

Hawks Claim Gustavo Ayon

Bo Churney —  July 28, 2013

According to RealGM, the Hawks have claimed Gustavo Ayon off of waivers. Robby Kalland was able to confirm the report.

Ayon last played for the Bucks and has also played with the Magic and the now-Pelicans. The 28 year old’s best season – he’s only played two – came in his rookie year, where he was getting 20 minutes per game in New Orleans and averaging six points and five rebounds. His career per-36 numbers actually compare very well with Zaza Pachulia, who will be making more than three-times as much as Ayon this upcoming season.

“Gustavo has a high basketball IQ and is a hard-nosed player,” General Manager Danny Ferry said. “He gives us quality depth at the power forward and center positions.”

“I am very excited to join the Atlanta Hawks,” Ayon said. “I had a great conversation with Coach Budenholzer and can’t wait to get to the city, meet my teammates and get to work. Vamos Hawks!”

I expect this means that the Hawks are out of the Greg Oden sweepstakes, as Marc Stein reported earlier that the team was interested in the former Portland center. This move also seems to indicate that Lucas Nogueira will not join the team this season, as the Hawks now have six players under contract capable of playing the power forward or center positions.